Maestro: War & Pax #4
Written by Peter David
Art by Javier Pina and German Peralta
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Travis Lanham
The Rundown: With Hulk in the hands of the Pantheon, Doom steps in to take control.
Banner is depowered and in the hands of the Pantheon. As they contemplate what to do with him as a permanent solution, Doctor Doom decides to descend on Dystopia and announce his rule to the population. It does not go as planned and Doom decides that he might need to recalculate his approach.
At the same time, Banner’s internal struggle continues with the reappearance of an old friend in his mind. Unfortunately, the pull of the Maestro is strong and Banner will have to confront his dark side and escape so that he can finally take care of the remaining threats against his rule.
The Story: Peter David crafts an interesting story in this issue. I liked many of the humorous elements of it especially, the Doom interactions with the people of Dystopia. There were some genuinely funny moments in those scenes. The rest of the story is ok, but it never really moves out of neutral with its characters. Even the final moments lack a sense of emotion to them and really just serve as a means to move the story forward to the next issue.
The Art: The art in the issue continues to be fantastic. The action is thrilling and visually engaging. A great looking issue from start to finish.